Atiku gathers huge crowd in Nasarawa, insists on inclusive govt
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has promised to run a youth-driven administration if given the mandate in Feb. 16, general election.
Atiku gave the commitment on Thursday at the PDP presidential campaign in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital where he was greeted by a mammoth crowd of supporters.
According to the presidential hopeful, the essence of running the youth driven administration was to prepare them to garner experience for effective governance.
“Let me make this commitment that 40 per cent of my government will be dedicated to the youth and 30 per cent to the women.
“This is because I want the youth to garner enough experience to be able to take over from us,” Atiku said.
He urged the people to vote for the PDP in the forthcoming general election in order to end hunger, poverty and insecurity in the country.
The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki called on the people of the state, especially the youth to vote for the PDP and Atiku as president so he would create massive jobs and reduce restiveness in the country.
He noted that the standard of living of Nigerians had not improved within the last three years, hence the need for them to vote for Atiku to get the country working again.
Similarly, Mr Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman and Mr Peter Obi, Vice Presidential candidate of the party urged the people to turnout massively to vote for Atiku and all PDP candidates during the election.
Secondus, urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to exhibit high sense of neutrality and avoid compromising the electoral process in the interest of democracy in the country.
“If INEC and the security agencies love this country, they should allow free, fair and credible election,” Secondus said.
Mr Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives, says the 2019 General Elections are neither about President Muhammadu Buhari nor his main challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but a referendum on security and hunger.
Dogara stated this at the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential rally held in Lafia on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar and his running mate on the PDP ticket , Mr Peter Obi, Senate President Bukola Saraki and PDP Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, were in attendance at the rally.
Others at the event included PDP aspirants in the state and at the national level; as well as other PDP national and state stalwarts.
According to Dogara, the 2019 elections is a referendum about security and hunger because those are the main issues bothering the majority of Nigerians.
He said without effective security and adequate food for the common man, Nigeria would be shaken to the brink of collapse.
According to him, these two issues will have a heavy effect on proper governance and civility in the country.
He said the need for voters to critically examine and choose who was capable of handling the two critical issues in the country.
“If we do not rise up to the challenge, sooner than later we are not going to have a country.
“So it is our responsibility to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of insecurity because without security, we cannot even define democracy.
“’We need to rise up and vote in competent leaders who will lead us as a people to rescue our country from the clutches of insecurity; and you know if there is insecurity, there will be hunger.
“If there is hunger, insecurity follows. We have a duty to vote for leaders who are trustworthy and reliable.
“’That is why I call on you to vote Atiku Abubakar because he has the pedigree to lead Nigeria to greatness,” he said.